What are the essentials for a business class laptop?

This is another complex question without a simple answer. And, as usual, the best way to start is to ask yourself some questions about your business:

  • How many users do you have?
  • What will they be doing?
  • Will your users be stationed at a desk as well as in the field?
  • Are your field users technical people or sales people? Or both?
  • Will they need internet access and higher speeds?

Let’s take an example. One of our key clients has a field sales force of over 25 reps spread all over the State of Texas. When we started our conversation with her about how best to equip her team, we started with function and moved on to hardware.

The remote sales team needed to be able to do the following:

  • Access remotely the company CRM to report and update sales activity.
  • Participate in remote teleconference call from their machine.
  • Have access to the company files in order to assemble proposals.
  • Be able to prepare finished proposals and submit them electronically to clients.

What this translated to was a laptop that considered the following attributes:

  • Faster processor speed
  • Easy access to the internet
  • Significant internal storage
  • Large color display
  • Rugged but light weight
  • An array of connectors
  • A specific price point

What we finally delivered was based upon a 14-inch Lenovo ThinkPad in the $1,400 to $2,000 range.

The point is to match need to equipment rather than vice versa. That could get expensive.

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For more information or to match your need to your budget and expectations, please call 972-509-0585.

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